If you’re lucky enough to have a home with a decent sized garden, you’re probably well acquainted with how much upkeep a garden requires.
Sometimes, landscaping or garden maintenance can fall by the wayside as life (and your budget) gets in the way. But if you’re looking to spruce up your garden on both a time and financial budget, it can be done!
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Landscaping Ideas On A Budget
The honest truth is that you actually don’t need a professional landscaper to turn your garden into a well-balanced, aesthetically pleasing part of your home. It can be done with a little bit of initial effort and these smart time and money-saving tips.
1. Reduce Your Lawn Size
If you find yourself spending way too much time and effort on cutting back your grass and controlling weeds, a simple solution is to reduce the actual size of your lawn and the amount of grass. Trying to keep weeds at bay is also a pricey endeavor, as weed killers and crabgrass killers are relatively expensive. They also create an unhealthy monoculture in your garden.
But if you’re looking for a solution to fighting off weeds, you can simply remove or kill off some of your grass. A chemical/herbicide-free way to do this is with newspaper. You can learn more about how to do this here.
Once you have removed the dead grass, a great way to fill up the space is with paving, gravel, a few garden containers or a raised garden bed with perennials, ornamental grass or shrubbery.
The same concept goes for trees that are littering your yard with unwanted leaves and other foliage. It takes plenty of effort to keep a driveway, patio, gravel areas, and a swimming pool free from debris. You may want to consider professional tree removal to save yourself this constant effort.
2. Shop Smart For Your Plants
If you want to brighten up your garden with plant life, this is also possible if you are bound by a budget. The key is to shop smart for your plants. While you may be accustomed to buying your plants from source that specializes in gardening, such as your local nursery, there are plenty of more affordable options out there.
If you want to stick to plant retailers that you know and trust, try to shop for your plants when they are on sale. Look out for sales that take place at the end of summer, in July and August, as supermarkets and other retailers look to sell off stock before winter hits. This is a great way to extend the color of your garden for a few more months before the weather turns!
Another good idea is to purchase low-maintenance, drought-resistant plants, and ground covers which tend to grow and spread well, filling in your garden beautifully.
Another good place to find your plants is online. On eBay, you can often find bulk plant deals and sales, where you can purchase 10 plants for the price of one by bidding on them. A great resource for purchasing trees for your garden is the National Arbor Day Foundation.
3. DIY Your Hardscaping
The hardscaping of your garden doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, there are many simple hardscaping jobs that you can DIY with just a little extra time and right the tools.
A water feature is a great way to add visual interest to your landscape. All you need is a modern pump and good quality pond liners — they’re easy to install on your own. You can build a small waterfall in the corner of your garden with stones and rocks, as well. A good way to find these materials is by visiting construction sites or the rural property of someone you may know.
You can also build your own brick patio or stone-paved walkway by laying them in sand, rather than concrete. By using sand as your base, you don’t have to worry about cutting bricks and paving stones to exact size.
4. Consider Container Gardening
If you have a garden that’s on the smaller size, then container gardening is a good option to consider. Even if you don’t and want to replace a large grassy area with something more low-maintenance, then a container garden is your go-to.
To save yourself some money on this task, look for affordable container boxes, and do the planting yourself. Purchasing pre-made plant containers can cost a small fortune, and this task can easily be DIY’d. Inexpensive container ideas include cemetery logs, which you can often find at yard sales. They can also double as window boxes. Otherwise, you can even build your own garden containers with a bit of plywood and nails.
In order to fertilize your plants, don’t go for expensive store-bought fertilizers. You can make your own, so the best thing to do is start a compost bin as soon you begin planning your container garden!
5. Save Water and Your Budget
Landscaping can chew into your water supply, so it’s wise to choose plants carefully. This is why you want to go for drought-resistant plants and perennials. Choosing these types of plants in a bid to save water is known as xeriscaping.
Generally, drought-tolerant and perennial plants are hardy and good at fending for themselves. So this means you can save time on other aspects of your landscaping, as well as water and money.
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Landscaping a garden on a budget does take a certain level of effort. But if you do it right by shopping carefully and considering the best types of plants for your garden, it’s a worthwhile task that will save you time and your bottom line.
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